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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (5th District Missouri)

Jun 22, 2020

Press Release

(Kansas City, MO) – Today, the entire Missouri congressional delegation, including U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II, Sam Graves, Wm. Lacy Clay, Jason Smith, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner, and Blaine Leutkemeyer, as well as U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, sent a letter urging President Trump to support Governor Mike Parson’s request for a federal emergency disaster declaration for 19 counties impacted by severe storms and tornadoes in early May. The disaster declaration is a necessary step in order for these counties to access critically important federal resources for recovery efforts.

“State and federal assessment teams have observed damage to electric power systems and public infrastructure as a result of the storms; State Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have estimated that more than $9.3 million in damages are eligible for federal assistance. This event has compounded the financial stress that already encumbers the state due to COVID-19,” the delegation wrote. “We respectfully request your prompt action to ensure that these communities receive the immediate support needed to respond to the disaster.”

The delegation’s official letter to President Trump can be found here.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matt Helfant at 202-590-0175 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.